Recommended by Bob Ciaffone

Here are some Internet sites where you can play games of skill like chess, bridge, and backgammon.


Internet Chess Club There are a number of places on the Internet where you can play chess. The ICC is the best-known and most extensively used. A membership in the ICC costs $50 a year and gives you useful benefits such as an established rating and an e-mail message with the scoresheet of your games. However, anyone can log on as a guest and play chess. To play, the best thing to do is go to the ICC homepage and download the BlitzIn interface (free) so you have a chessboard to play on. Then all you have to do is click on the BlitzIn icon and log in, and you are in action. Opponents are from all over the world, and range in skill level from beginner to grandmaster.


The First Internet Backgammon Server This is a good place on the Internet to play.

Cyberarts This site is maintained by a group of top backgammon players.

NetGammon You can the download graphics and play for a 90 day trial period for free.


BridgeBase This is the best internet site for tournament bridge.

OKBridge You can practice with your favorite partner or find three other people looking for a fourth.


PlaySite This site is put up by the same group that publishes "Inside Chess" magazine. At present it offers chess, checkers, backgammon, and reversi.

WorldPlay Entertainment This network of AOL's is totally devoted to playing games. It has a wide range of competitive games available, including poker, bridge, backgammon, hearts, gin, and chess. A membership fee is required.

MSN Gaming Zone The Microsoft network sponsors this site, which offers many types of games.